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Craving Flight by Tamsen Parker

Plot: Tzipporah Berger is thirty-seven and single, which is practically unheard of in the Orthodox Jewish community she now calls home. Her increasing religiosity and need for kink may have broken up her first marriage, but she’s decided it’s time to try again. And the rabbi’s wife has just the man in mind. Elan Klein is the neighborhood butcher whose intimidating size and gruff manner hint at a deliciously forceful personality. But BDSM isn’t exactly something you discuss during an Orthodox courtship. Will a marriage to Elan solidify her place in the community that she loves and provide the domination and pain Tzipporah craves or will she forever have to rely on flights of fancy to satisfy her needs?

Why Erin Loved It: This book was so layered and fascinating. It explores both BDSM and Orthodox Judaism so beautifully and so respectfully. Tzipporah’s struggle to join the Orthodox community and to be accepted, her struggle to reconcile her life in the community with her life as a professor, and her need to be dominated, are all presented as a complex series of knots that she’s trying to untangle. Elan is the strong, serious, calm, and reverent butcher who helps her find her way. I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I read it; I was completely drawn in.

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Everything I Left Unsaid by Molly O’Keefe

Plot: I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me

Why Erin Loved It: This book, man. I love Molly O’Keefe’s writing so much, but I was hesitant about the premise of this book. Random strangers having phone sex? But it’s so much more than that. It’s blisteringly erotic, terrifying, and utterly gripping. She creates a world that doesn’t let you go and keeps you guessing, right until the explosive end. This is a book that feels both dreamlike and oppressively real at the same time. Just stunning.

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True Pretenses by Rose Lerner

Plot: Ash Cohen only wants to secure a good future (and a rich wife) for his brother Rafe, who wants to give up being part of their con men partnership. However, Ash’s plans don’t include asking his brother or the woman in question what they want. And Lydia quite definitely wants Ash…

Why Erin Loved It: This book blew me out of the water. It’s just so damned smart, and impeccably written. Ash is a con man trying to steal a life for his brother, and ends up stealing one for himself. Ash is a wonderful hot mess of a human being and is as awful at his own feelings as he is good at others’. It’s clear how much research went into this book, and it’s great to read a historical that isn’t set in London or in a ballroom. Rose Lerner became an auto-buy for me on the strength of this book, and I can’t wait for her upcoming release, Listen to the Moon.

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This list of top picks is brought to you by: Erin who says, “Nothing makes me happier than recommending a good book to someone who will love it”.

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